Shoot, my boss is required to get new chairs every so often.. I can't stand them! And manage to keep my ancient one (the one that's broken enough to move in any direction I need).
I need to move constantly. I'm always shifting. I even wake up regularly to move. I often have my feet on the chair, or one leg under me, or my feet up on the table if I'm reading a reference book or something (today: Rich Bowen's Apache Mod Rewrite Guide). I look like a slob but it feels so good.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
I have a family hx of these, so while most people are NOT going to get this from sitting behind their desks day in and day out, it's an outliying consideration for me. A radiologist I used to work with had a case once where he argued against an ER doc who wanted a Cat scan on a 22-year-old for dvt because the rad said "she's 22 and athletic, wtf?" The ER doc won out though, and lo and behold, she had a dvt. Reason? 22 hours sitting in the car after a match without getting out once. The rad didn't know that nice little tidbit (lawlz). My family gets these if they cross their eyes funny tho : ( I hope I never have one. They are extremely dangerous and you don't always get symptoms!
There was one time around a year ago when I woke up with sever neck pain / stiffness. I was worried I had woken up with a broken neck and had paralysed myself because I couldn't move and was in such terrible pain! (It never happened before so I didn't know what was happening to me!
Having been in the medical field, my first thought,every single time, is meningitis lawlz. Worst headache in the world? Neck so stiff it feels like king Tut's? (he had fused cervical vertebrae) Fever? Been sharing a room with students on a campus? ruh-roh, raggie.
dvduval has it right: if you're sitting 8 hrs behind a desk, the way to prevent injuries to your body is to move as much as possible. A strong, flexible body can withstand stresses (and sitting still is a stress) better than a weak one.
I run for an hour most mornings, bike (15 minutes or 1hour 10min depending on the route) to work and back, and go on a lunch walk if it's not pouring rain. It helps.
Now I can forget about nasty diseases and stop being a hypocondriac.